100 pieces of heritage paper spanning over 100 years, have been given to 100 artists to create a piece of work. I have been invited by appletye.org to make a work that relates to a piece of paper from 1991. Towards the close of '91, one rather large event dominates - namely, the dissolution of the Soviet Union. I decided to divide the paper into 15 pieces and send a piece to each of the 15 union republics of the former Soviet Union, attached to an explanatory letter. The form of the final piece will depend on whether I receive a response from all or any of the republics. I have not yet decided if it will be audio visual or more physical in presentation.
"There are many things I could have done with this fragment of paper – but in the end I decided to look outwards, to give it away, in much the same spirit as it has been given to me. This act reflects the use of paper as a vehicle for communication across the preceding centuries. It is a small gesture, and one which has no overt ‘political’ intent. It is simply a token of good will towards you and all the citizens of your country." (extract from the covering letter)
newcastle upon tyne, tyne and wear, United Kingdom
My work has at its core a concern for the inherent contradiction between image making and the impossibility of holding time. Being engaged in the perpetual construction of history fuels what I do.
I predominantly use video and photography, but will use other media when appropriate to the subject - having written music and made all manner of artefacts to bring a piece into being.
I was an early adopter of open reel b/w video production in the mid 70’s, with occasional residencies at broadcast TV stations and educational departments, notably 18months at Brighton Poly as the Arts Council’s Video Artist in residence. During the 80’s I exhibited and toured my work extensively around the world and, amongst many others, had my work shown in the ICA, Tate, Air and Serpentine galleries in the UK, and in many international festivals globally.
Much of my work in the 90’s was commercial – working with computer graphics and 3D animation. I received an RTS award for television graphics in 1996 and was a winner of the Fuji professional distinctions photography awards in 2003/04. Video Work purchased by the National Gallery of Canada and the British Film Institute.